Elisabeth Hasselbeck has announced that she will be leaving Fox News at the end of the year to focus on her family. Hasselbeck currently serves as co-host of the network’s highly-rated morning program, Fox & Friends.
Hasselbeck joined the network in 2013 after a decade at The View. She took over for Gretchen Carlson, who moved to an afternoon hosting slot.
Hasselbeck and her family are listed as living in Conneticut. She and her husband, retired NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, have three children.
Hasselbeck said, “Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things. Throughout my 14 years working in television, I have never experienced a more positive and thoughtful atmosphere than FOX News Channel, thanks to the strong leadership of (FOX News Chairman & CEO) Roger Ailes, who has created the best working environment a woman and mother could ask for. His understanding, compassion, and kindness was exemplified when I shared with him that I am entering into a season where I want to start my day with my children first, and he offered his blessing to do so. With a heart full of gratitude and the peace that God has given me, I am confident that this personal decision is the right one for our family…”
Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement, “Elisabeth and I discussed this at length over several weeks, and while I would love for her to continue here, I respect her incredibly difficult, yet deeply personal decision. She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise.”
The network will utilize a “variety of rotating co-hosts” until a permanent co-host can be named alongside Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy. Typically rotating co-hosts means the network will effectively be doing on-air try-outs. However, the rotating positions are not always that. CNN initially said that they would rotate anchors for the 10 PM edition of CNN Tonight and then Don Lemon was the only host used.